In case you missed it, another movie marathon in a box is now available: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2. For those playing along at home, you can now acquire all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in two convenient (and expensive) boxes (see phase 1 box set here), complete with their own infinity stones and other nerdy nonsense!
When Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered, some were brave enough to watch all the previously released MCU films in one 27-hour marathon. Some pop culture reporters attended these marathons, and their movie marathon diaries are a hoot to read. My favorite quote is from the AV Club’s Alex McCown, who said:
The movie induces a sense of floating. All cares have subsided, all desires sated, all needs met. It’s like 1984: I’m at a Marvel movie marathon. I have always been at a Marvel movie marathon. I will always be at a Marvel movie marathon. This is life.
And that, right there, is the pure, transcendental experience good movie marathons provide. Wasting time with meditation and self-reflection is for suckers.
Sadly, not everyone is ready to achieve Nirvana. Scott Bixby at Arts.Mic was rooting for Ultron by the time his marathon was over, and Alex Abad-Santos from Vox just sounded plain old tired. Still, their misery is our gain, like this goofy quote from Scott:
11:36 p.m.: Two tubs of popcorn later, I’m thirsty enough to try cracking open my can of Monster. I discover that the worst thing about Monster is how good Monster tastes. It’s like how cats love the taste of antifreeze because it’s so sweet.
Anyway, take a look at their harrowing accounts of 27-hours of spandex-clad superheros. Maybe a Marvel movie marathon is finally within your grasp! Like, you know, ultimate power or something.